Richard Oakford Serrill (1825-1867) came from Pennsylvania to
Galveston in 1836. He served in the Confederate Army from 1861-1865.
Sophia Hess (1829-1906) arrived in Texas at the age of
seventeen from Hanover Germany. She, along with other young German
women, had come to Texas for the express purpose of marrying a Texas
bachelor. Richard Serrill and Sophia Hess were married and settled
in Indianola, Texas, a thriving port on the Texas coast. Some years
after their marriage they relocated at Matagorda, possibly as a
result of the hurricane of 1875 which destroyed Indianola.
The children of Richard and Sophia Serrill were Henry Hess (1854-1937), George (1856-1874), Julius Pratt (1857-1937), John Gorden (1859-1912), and Anna Margaret Sophia (1867-1930).
1. Henry was a rancher in Matagorda County and on April 6, 1882, married Mary Ann “Mollie” Williams (1859-1911), daughter of John Aaron Williams, a native of Denmark, and Katherine Franz Williams, a native of Germany.
3. Julius lived in Bay City where he was employed as a cotton gin boss and remained unmarried.
4. John was a stockman-rancher in Matagorda County and was also unmarried.
5. Anna Margaret married George Austin and lived in Bay City. George
died at the age of eighteen.
George Edward married Minnie Fisher Barber of MacGregor, Texas,
and lived in Bay City where he engaged in the insurance business.
The children of George Edward and Minnie Serrill were George
Edward Serrill, Jr., born in 1913
The children of George Edward and Eva were Judith Ann, a teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina and John Barber, a teacher in Austin, Texas. Judith Ann married Lawton Evans Drake of Newgulf, had two sons, John Evans and Aaron Lee, and was later divorced. John Barber married Mary Katherine Dye of Newgulf and they had two children, John Stacy and Jennifer Ann.
The children of Jay and Helen were Steven, Kathy, Susan, and
Elizabeth. Steven and his wife Nancy had two children, Adrianne and
John. Kathy married Gary Caldwell and they had two sons, Shannon and
Shawn. Susan married David Lowe and they had two children, Gina and
Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, pages 478-479, 1984
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